Obese?

If you're overweight you may be interested in this:

bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b...

If you skip to 40m50s, you will see someone who has been told that she can't have bariatric surgery on the grounds that she has AF. When Professor Rachel Batterham presenting the program told her that this is not true, and intervened, her health authority still refused the treatment.

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  • She also said that if the lady in the clip had been given the surgery five years ago she would not have develop the heart condition AF I don't think this is the case as many people with AF don't have a weight problem

  • The issue here is the NHS lying to the patient, and using her AF as a bogus reason for not providing bariatric surgery, but Batterham was right, a BMI of over 30 doubles your risk of getting AF. That's not to say that thin people have no risk of AF, just less risk.

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